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Elon Musk Tweets Out Another Tesla Forecast in Midst of SEC Talks

Elon Musk Tweets Out Another Tesla Forecast in Midst of SEC Talks

A similar tweet sent nearly two months ago in which Musk said the company would build half a million vehicles in 2019 led the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to argue he was in contempt of a settlement reached with the regulator past year.

Musk had until Monday to explain why he shouldn't be held him in contempt of court over a tweet on February 19, published outside trading hours, which the SEC said violated a September settlement agreement with the unpredictable CEO. His attorney says Musk didn't.

She will rule, if they can't solve their differences.

The judge started hearing arguments at about 2 p.m.

Musk's lawyers say he didn't violate the settlement.

The judge was not impressed, however, and told both sides to "Take a deep breath, put your reasonableness trousers on, and work this out", giving them until this Thursday to settle their differences out of court.

Both the Panasonic and the next-12-months production tweets are noteworthy in light of the settlement that sprang from Musk tweeting in August of past year about trying to take Tesla private. Musk said his tweet did not need pre-approval because it was.

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In August 2018, the US SEC filed a lawsuit against Mr Musk after he tweeted that he was considering taking the company private.

The federal judge Alison Nathan told Mr Musk: "Take a breath".

At Wednesday's close, Tesla stocks were down 12.3percent up to now this season.

His lawyers disagreed, arguing that the tweets in question complied with the earlier SEC settlement terms.

Meanwhile, Tesla's stocks are falling nearly 10% in early trading after the company stated it churns out 77,100 vehicles in the first quarter, well behind the pace it must sustain to meet the pledge of Musk.

As of Wednesday's close, Tesla shares were down 12.3% up to now this year. The electric automaker said on Thursday that all Tesla vehicles now come with Autopilot as a standard feature "for less than the prior cost of the option".